Every now and then history lets someone really important fall through the cracks. At one time San Antonio had a major mover in popular music. Writer and historian Joe Nick Patoski says Doug Sahm is a great example.
"He was a child prodigy, he was playing on KMAC radio at the age of six in San Antonio. He appeared on the Louisiana Hayride, he recorded for Sarge Records in the early fifties."
Sahm was known for the 1960s group Sir Douglas Quintet, and later, of the Texas Tornados. Sahm’s a whole lot bigger a deal than San Antonio realizes.
It’s one of San Antonio’s oddest, and really, most interesting holiday traditions--as many as twenty saxophonists on stage at the Guadalupe Theater, blowing away on a Christmas carol.
The number of saxophonists varies a bit from year to hear, but as to how many players will show up this year Holiday Saxophones founder and legendary local bassist George Prado says “Maybe twenty-five or more saxophonists, and they will play with a rhythm section.”
Friday night one of the hottest tickets in town isn’t in town, and the tickets are free. The place is Kerrville and the band to see is Camerata San Antonio, offering a free preview of the Dvorak Festival.
Kenneth Freudigman is a founding member and Artistic Director of Camerata, as well as a member of the San Antonio Symphony.
“We are partnering with the San Antonio Symphony to bring great music of Dvorak to the area. This gives us an opportunity to play this magnificent work…in Kerrville.”
This Sunday, the San Antonio Choral Society performs a concert at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church that aims to tell "the true story of Santa Claus," according to the group's Artistic Director, Jennifer Seighman.
"It really begins with Nicolas," Seighman continues. “Some of the miracles associated with him, some of the legends, are what evolved into the story that we know of Santa Claus.”
Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds and songs from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. Read on to learn about an one of Japan's most celebrated stories, "pole dancing" in Guatemala, and a controversial practice in India.
Swim With The Elves is a holiday event for San Antonio kids that is like no other.
"We’re inviting kids to come out and join us. It’s on Saturday, December 14, from noon to 2 p.m." said Hank Salinas, the assistant parks and recreation manger. "Children 12 and under are invited but 10 and under must be accompanied by adults."
If you’re wondering whether or not you can work in another costly Christmas event, good news from Hank.
"It is a free event, and we’d like the families to come out, the parents to come out and enjoy themselves too," Salinas said.
There is much to sing about in the way of holiday performances in San Antonio this weekend. Scott MacPherson, the conductor and artistic director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir, details what they’re doing in their Holiday concerts.
"We are very lucky to be performing for the first time at San Fernando Cathedral," MacPherson said. "Our holiday concert is called Time for the Season! We have an invited guest choir from Judson High School under the direction of Kay Sherrill. It’s really wonderful to pair up our professional choir with a local high school group."
This Christmas, the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” premieres in theaters. The movie tells the story of the long courtship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, whose books about a magical nanny had enchanted Walt and his children.
Arts San Antonio is bringing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Charline McCombs Empire Theater Wednesday night. We spoke with tuba/banjo player/percussionist and vocalist Ben Jaffe.
"We’re going to be playing some selections from our newest album, 'That’s It,' and we’re also going to be performing some songs that we only pull out specifically this time of year, specifically holiday songs that are unique to New Orleans," Jaffe said.
Jaffe said the difference between Preservation Hall and some other bands is New Orleans, but it’s also the players themselves.